Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has received confirmation from the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, through a Parliamentary Question that the planned Luas to Lucan has not been included in the Government’s Capital Plan (2016-2021).
Commenting on the issue, John Curran said; “I cannot believe that the Government has not included the Luas to Lucan in the Capital Plan 2016 – 2021. This means that the planning process cannot recommence until at least 2021, with no visibility on a submission date of application and of course no date for a planning consent to issue and let’s not even talk about construction. “
“The Minister has informed me that there are plans to review the public transport requirements for the Lucan area and the N4 corridor and that an east-west Luas to Lucan is envisaged. This is published in the Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area covering the period 2016 to 2035 and all dependent on the availability of funding. “
“Does this mean it could be 20 years before the Luas gets to Lucan?” asked John Curran.
“Accident’s on the M50 can cause city-wide traffic chaos, it is clear that the lack of good quality public transport in Dublin is a huge factor in the cause of gridlock when there is an accident.
If the economy continues to grow, this can only mean one thing – more cars on our roads! Without the provision of quality public transport like the Luas and Metro, traffic in Dublin is only going to worsen,” said John Curran.
“While everyone recognises that to commence construction of this project was unlikely in the short term due to financial constraints, to not advance the planning process of this project is the wrong decision and shows a worrying lack of vision for public transport in our Capital City.”
“Funding is being made in the new Capital Plan Building for Recovery for Metro North but there are no plans and no funding to proceed with the Metro West proposal or the Luas to Lucan. This is short sighted. I plan to continue to raise the issue of transport infrastructure for the Greater Dublin Area while elected to Dáil Éireann,” concluded Deputy Curran.